Henschke's Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Wynns, Coonawarra, South Australia

Riesling (2011) 12.5% - Tropical nose. A full bodied palate with a smorgas board of tropical fruits anda hint of citrus. More like a chardonnay than a riesling - 87.

Chardonnay (2011) 12.5% - A mouthfull of tropical flavours (again) with a whiff of oak. Nice balance and depth of flavour, but lacking oak influence, complexity and refreshing acidity - 88.   

The Siding Cabernet Sauvignon (2010) - Some green and herbal notes on the nose. Silky mouthfeel. A blend of fruit and cedary notes on the palate. Nice structure and good length - 91.

Cabernet Sauvignon black label (2008) - There was a mix of licorice, cedar and some herbs on the bouquet. On the palate a heap of blackberries, with nice complexity and good length. The oak is in the background. Some grippy tannins - 94. 

Cabernet Sauvignon black label (2009) - The palate was thinner than the 08. Whilst quite young at this time, the palate had a mix of dark fruits, cedar and some oak influence. Needs time - 93. 

There is no doubt about it, these red wines have been crafted in a traditional style and need time to really show their best (at least 5 years in a cool cellar). This seems to be an increasingly rare thing in the current market place as more and more wines appear to be crafted for the purchaser that intends to drink them 5 minutes after their purchase. I'm not against approachable wines, but quality often seems to be lacking in such wines. Another case of the baby being thrown out with the bathwater.

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